Nile Cruise Cairo – Oases – Luxor – Cairo 14 DAYS
Day 1: Cairo – Arrival
Arrival to Cairo airport, Sahara Egypt representative will meet and assist you, transfer to your hotel by A/C vehicle. We will have dinner and stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Cairo – Bahariya
Before we leave Cairo behind, we will go to Giza plateau, visit the Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinus. Then we proceed to visit the Great Sphinx which is the head of a pharaoh with a lion’s body. The tour also includes a visit to the Valley Temple, which belongs to the complex of Chephren. Then we head to Al Bahariya Oases (360 km). Upon reaching Bahariya, we check-in our hotel, have our lunch, and then we will start our tour. We will take a walk between the Fields and the Palm trees, and know about the daily life at the oases. Then we proceed to the Black Mountain (also known as the English Mountain), enjoy watching the sunset from the highest location in the oasis. There is a possibility to enjoy a bath in the hot spring. We will have dinner and stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Bahariya – White Desert
In Bahariya, we will visit the nobles’ tombs in Qasr Selim (Tomb of Bennentiu and Zed-Amoun-Eyof-Ankh) which are dated back to the 26th Dynasty, Ain El-Bishmu (Roman spring), the temple of Ain El-Muftillah and finally Alexander the Great’s Chapel. Then we drive through the Black Desert and its volcanic remains. In the Dune area, we will climb a sand dune (about 60-meter height), have our picnic lunch in El-Haiz Oasis (San George Oasis). We then will continue to the Crystal Mountain, Al-Agabat the area of wonders with the desert roses and finally will arrive to the White Desert and its unusual limestone formations where the wind carved sculptors that resemble both human and animal faces. Then we will camp under the stars for natural tranquility and peace of mind.
Day 4: White Desert – Farafra – Dakhla
Enjoy your breakfast in the sunshine. Walk through the White Desert near the shaped rocks, with enough opportunities to linger and take photos. Afterwards we will drive to Farafra Oases (40km). Upon reaching Farafra, we will take a walk between the Fields and the Palm Trees, explore the unique system of agricultural irrigation in the oases, visit the village of Qasr El-Farafra and the museum of Badr *the local artist*, and then move on to Dakhla Oasis (300km). Before reaching Dakhla, we will visit the Roman temple Deir El-Haggar “Monastery of Stone” which was built by the Roman Emperor Nero and was dedicated to the Theban Triad Amun, Mut and Khonso. Later we will proceed to Al-Kaser (the old Covered City) with its Oil Press, School, Courthouse and Dwelling Chambers. Then we have lunch as a picnic. We will have dinner and stay overnight at the hotel in El-Kasr Village.
Day 5: Dakhla – Kharga
As we leave Dakhla behind, we head to Kharga Oasis (190km). We will visit Mut city (the capital of Dakhla Oasis), which was named after the ancient goddess of the Theban Triad. We then will proceed to the small village Balat, walk through the old city, and visit some houses and mosques, and finally we go to the famous Mastabas from the old Kingdom and the site of Archaeological Excavations of the hidden ancient village Ain Asil. Finally, we will have a lunch experience in a simple Egyptian house with the natives, proceed to Kharga, and visit El-Bagawat Cemetery and the Museum of Kharga. We will have dinner and stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Kharga – Luxor
We will have breakfast at the hotel. We then will follow the famous caravan route southwards; we pass through the oasis Paris. We will walk through the city; watch the special kind of pilgrimage arts (Hajj arts). The Walls are decorated with drawings and descriptive scenes of the pilgrimage to Mecca. We will then proceed to Darb Al-Arbaien Road (Forty Days Caravans Road), drive to the Dush area, which was a religious, military and civilian complex that primarily developed as the result of the caravans’ road between Egypt and Sudan crossing the desert to Assiut or Esna. We will visit the Dush temple, which was dedicated to Serapis, Isis and Horpocrates. Then we will drive to Luxor and enjoy lunch on way. Upon arrival to Luxor’s west bank, we will visit the Necropolis of Thebes, Valley of the Kings, the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and the colossi of Memnon. Later at the evening, we will explore the glory of Luxor temple. We will have dinner and stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Esna
We will visit Karnak Temple, and then transfer to Esna. Upon arrival, we will visit Chnum temple with its famous reliefs. We will then board the Boat, the crew welcomes you on board and have your bags taken into your cabins. We will then set sail on our voyage to Aswan. We will stay overnight close to El Hegz Island; a small island located in the north of Edfu.
Day 8: Edfu
Morning Sailing gently en-route to Edfu; we enjoy breakfast at your leisure; and visit Edfu Temple, one of the largest and most intact of Egypt’s monuments with two beautiful granite statues of the Falcon God Horus flank the entrance, by horse carriage. After our visit to the temple, we either ride or walk through the bazaar; this is an extensive bazaar where you can barter for souvenirs, spices and perfumes. We will then set sail for our private island “El-Fouza” where we will disembark for dinner served to you on the edge of the Nile.
Day 9: Relaxing Sailing Day
We start our nice day by sailing around 7 hours to El-Silsila Mountain. During our sailing we experience the simple lifestyle of farmers and fishermen. Contemplate the beautiful and mysterious nature of the great Nile and the green fields of Island Bissau. Continue to edge of El-Silsila Mountain where we will have our dinner and stay overnight on board next to the temple enjoying the romantic atmosphere.
Day 10: El-Silsila / Mainha
After breakfast, we visit the temple of Gebel El-Silsila, where we will discover the unknown rock-cut temple of Hormoheb and the famous sandstone quarries in ancient Egypt. We continue to Mainha Island enjoying our barbecue dinner with the drums and folk music around campfire.
Day 11: Kom Ombo
You’ll have breakfast at your leisure as we sail on to Kom Ombo. We will explore the extraordinary temple of Horus and Sobek. The temple was built with a whole symmetry, two entrances, two halls and two sanctuaries dedicated to the Falcon God Haroeris (Horus the Elder) and the Crocodile God Sobek. We then proceed to Daraw city, which is the most amazing and attractive part of this town with its unbelievable Camel Market in the south of Kom Ombo, we may also see more 20,000 camels brought to participate in the great selling show. After lunch, we sail from Daraw to Kobania; it takes around 5 hours. Lastly, we are going to enjoy our last night trip with our Nubian party.
We sail to Aswan, exploring the famous city, visit the High Dam, crossing the original barrage over the First Cataract, we then tour the pin Aswan granite quarry and examine the impressive Hatshepsut unfinished obelisk. The highlight event is when we take a motorboat ride to the romantic Temple of Philae, which was dedicated to the goddess Isis. In the afternoon, we sail by felucca to the Botanical Gardens where Lord Kitchener indulged his passion for exotic flora, importing shrubs, trees and seeds from as far afield as India and Malaysia. It is pleasant to walk along the island’s shady paths, enjoying its fragrance and a variety of bird life before taking another felucca sail back to Aswan. We then transfer to the railway station to take the Sleeping Train back to Cairo. On the train, dinner is served in cabin or in the restaurant according to your choice.
Day 13: Cairo
This day, we will explore Cairo (City of a thousand minarets), we will visit the Egyptian museum; one of the most famous museums which contains the most magnificent collection of antiques including mummies, sarcophagi & fabulous treasures of TUTANKHAMUN’s tomb. Then we will proceed to Salah El Din Citadel and the Alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali. Finally, we will drive to the famous bazaar of Khan el Khalily.
Day 14: Departure
Transfer to Cairo airport for the final departure or follow-up program according to your booking.
All transfers & sightseeing excursions as mentioned in above program including transportation by Deluxe A/C coaches, entrance fees and qualified guide. During the desert tour, we have a 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser “newest model” (fully air‐conditioned, with maximum of 5 pax per Car). All seats are facing forward providing that all guests will have window seats at disposal for the entire trip. The leading car will be equipped with:
- GPS system
- First-aid kit
- Cool box
- Accommodation: 14 day & 13 nights
- 02 nights’ accommodation HB in Cairo, (Hotel Barceló **** or similar).
- 01 night’s accommodation HB in Bahariya Oases, (Hotel Kaser Al Bawity***or similar).
- 01 night’s accommodation HB in the White Desert at Tended camp including: –
- Spacious well-ventilated dome tents including mattresses, blankets and sleeping bags
- All necessary cooking gear, kitchen utensils, mugs and glassware
- Gas and water containers
- Cool boxes
- Ice boxes
- Fire grill
- Chairs and tables for daily use [eating]
- Camping gear protected by wind shield made of heavy cotton
- 01 night’s accommodation HB in Dakhla Oases, (Hotel Desert lodge ***or similar).
- 01 night’s accommodation HB in Kharga Oases, (Hotel Pioneers **** or similar).
- 01night’s accommodation on H.B Basis in Luxor (Ibrotel hotel ****or Similar)
- 05 nights’ accommodation on H.B Basis in (Nebyt Dahabeya ****or Similar)
- 01 nights’ accommodation HB on the Sleeping Train.
- Food and Beverages:
- Daily picnic lunch including 1 soft drink during the desert tour.
- Full board on the Dahabeya as below
- Full Board (All-inclusive):
- Be surprised by the delicious Egyptian dishes and possibility to enjoy barbecues on-shore.
- Rich breakfast buffet.
- Lunch will be served on the sun deck with a selection of salads and dessert buffet.
- Tea time with sweet and salty snacks.
- Dinner will be served at the restaurant (set menu).
- Drinks (soft drinks – juices – tea – coffee – water) from 11:00 – 23:00
Note: No alcoholic beverages are served on board. You can however bring yours on board.
- On board of the 4WD every person will have 2 bottles of mineral water at disposal per day.
- On board of the 4WD every person will have sweet and salty snacks at disposal.
- HB in Cairo.
- Visits and Excursions:
- All entrance fees and permissions for all visits as per program.
- Professional desert guide and driver with their accommodation and transportation.
- Practical information:
- All cars and participants joining our tours are insured against accidents.
- Tour leader should be notified of any special medical requirements (Diabetes, Blood pressure, etc.).
- Desert expert has the right to change the sequence of the program with respect to all what is included.